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Learning from wildfire losses in the 2017 NFPA Firefighter Fatality report

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 15:21
In the July/August NFPA Journal®, a feature section shares the completed 2017 NFPA Firefighter Fatalities in the United States report and selected on-duty firefighter fatality case studies. Of the 17 deaths in 2017 at the scene of fires, eight
Categories: Wildland Fire

Keeping the focus after the fire

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 13:53
In the Fall of 2017, the Tubbs fire burned more than 470 homes in one California community. A month later, the same community held their annual Firewise day to maintain their active status in the program.  In the July NFPA Journal Wildfire column, I
Categories: Wildland Fire

Doing Good in a good way, helping neighboring communities with wildfire safety preparedness

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 07:07
. Photo shared by Andrew Castellani   A neighborhood from Forked River New Jersey shared with us how they helped other neighbors reduce their risk of loss due to wildfires.  This Firewise USA ® site used their Wildfire Community
Categories: Wildland Fire

Don't wait for a wildfire to check on your insurance policy

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 15:36
  Is your home covered in case of a disaster? An unfortunate reality is that most homes are underinsured, meaning they don’t have enough coverage to protect them if they are damaged or destroyed. While we hope you are never faced with making
Categories: Wildland Fire

FEMA sponsored newsletter provides information about resources to help before and after wildfires

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:03
  Photo of nighttime fire activity from the La Tuna Fre shared by LA City Fire   FEMA has created a new bulletin to provide state government officials and residents with information about grant funding available for pre and post disaster
Categories: Wildland Fire

Local news highlights the impact of neighbors helping neighbors

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 14:56
The task of reducing wildfire risk can seem like a heavy burden for homeowners who are unable to do the physical labor themselves, but some volunteer groups are trying to lighten that load.   A local news channel in Colorado shares the story of how
Categories: Wildland Fire

Wildfire Prep Day cleanup success, grows interest in continued participation

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 14:05
On Saturday this week, the Aroostook band of Micmacs in Caribou, Maine hosted their Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, main event due to snow earlier in May this year.  Jon Cote the Emergency Management Director, wrote their successful application
Categories: Wildland Fire

Making consumer fireworks history

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 13:20
In my spare time outside of NFPA, I volunteer as a tour guide with a nonprofit group called Boston By Foot. I talk about Boston's history and architecture to locals and tourists from around the world. July 4 is my absolute favorite holiday, because I
Categories: Wildland Fire

Current wildfires are a reminder to be prepared

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 13:46
Wildfire burning across the country are putting homeowners on heightened awareness. It’s a reminder that there are things we can do to prepare ourselves before an evacuation hits our neighborhood.   The National Interagency Coordination
Categories: Wildland Fire

Prevent skylights from being an entry point for embers and flames

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 11:51
Skylights and their ability to compromise a home during a wildfire is the featured topic in this month’s Wildfire Research Fact Sheet. A skylight can be vulnerable if subjected to extended radiant heat exposure or to flames when embers ignite
Categories: Wildland Fire